Holiday Appeal 2021

I don’t do great things. 

I do small things with great love.

– Mother Teresa

2021 continued to be a year like no other. While the needs of our dogs stayed the same, the expenses increased, and we found ourselves watching our bank account more than we have before. While we adapted and made changes, we kept our focus on the dogs, and remained grateful for the ongoing support of our community. Without your help there would be no Peppertree Rescue, and we were very aware of that this year.

We recognize that not all are able to make a large donation, and while we greatly appreciate those who are, we also appreciate small gifts over time – so this year we are adding a monthly donation component to our holiday appeal.  You can set up recurring monthly donations in any amount using PayPal this year- no amount is too small – all add up to help us do great things.

Why give?

Because of Wolfie.

When Wolfie arrived we knew he had a lot of medical needs – our vet did x-rays and found that Wolfie had gone through a surgery in his rear left leg previously that had not healed correctly. He also had hip dysplasia in that leg, as well as arthritis in both legs. Wolfie had a lot of issues, but never stopped charming everyone he met – and we started by repairing a ruptured cranial cruciate ligament in his left leg. You could see his spirit light up almost immediately after he returned home from his surgery. He adored his kitty sister, and during recovery, he was inspired to get up and use his leg so he could follow her around. He also loved nothing more than getting cozy, whether that be snuggling on the couch or stealing his much larger dog sister’s beds.

Wolfie was thriving during his recovery. At his follow-up appointment, his surgeon was very happy with his progress. He tried to push the limits on his walks around the house, and we couldn’t wait until the snow melted and his leg was healed enough to explore the yard to his heart’s content. Unfortunately, within a week after his post-op appointment, Wolfie’s condition rapidly deteriorated. The concern was disc disease and a second emergency surgery was scheduled. And that is when we got the call we never want to get – in a pre-op scan it was discovered that Wolfie’s pain and sudden regression was due to collapsed and disintegrated vertebrae. It may have been caused by an infection from the initial surgery in Wolfie’s leg, way before Peppertree ever met him, or it could have been from an undetected mass in his spine. But it was not repairable, and our only option was to let Wolfie go.

Even though COVID-19 protocols didn’t allow for human pet parents to enter the facilities, our surgeon allowed Wolfie’s fosters to come inside to say goodbye. His fosters posthumously adopted him, letting him leave the world a greatly loved family member.


Because of Chaplin.

Chaplin came to us as an owner surrender from a southern shelter. We expected an easygoing Lab mix who would be placed in no time. But, you never know when there will be a surprise around the corner! And boy were we surprised when Chaplin arrived 8lbs lighter than he had been in the shelter just a few weeks earlier. As a heartworm-positive dog, he had been under exercise restrictions following treatment, so his weight loss was the last thing that we had expected. The poor guy was visibly uncomfortable at times as he battled his stomach issues, and he was in and out of many vet appointments as we worked to make a diagnosis. Finally, he started to put on weight and his stomach issues lessened as he adjusted to new medication and a prescription diet. The months he spent in his foster home as we worked through these issues gave him plenty of time to learn how to live indoors, snuggle on the couch, and gain enough confidence to hop into the car! After all he had been through, we needed to find that perfect home but would we be able to find someone ready to take on a dog who needed an expensive food, a limited diet and ongoing care? But fate sent just that family to us, and to Chaplin, who is now greatly loved and much spoiled – and just what his family was looking for.


Because of Mirabella.

Mirabella was everything a senior Golden should be – sweet, easy, and loves everyone she meets. We knew finding her a home would not be hard, but we also knew it needed to be the right home – as Mirabella had been through a lot of change. The death of one of her owners meant that the house she had always known would be sold, and while her owner was happy to bring her to an apartment, she knew that Mirabella would not be happy there. So she selflessly came to us to help Mirabella find a home where she would thrive. Sometimes you have to love someone enough to say good-bye. Arriving with arthritis and thyroid issues Mirablella was firmly in her golden years – but thankfully we have so many wonderful homes looking for senior dogs like her and Mirabella is once again home.

They are just three of the reasons why we are asking for your support this year.  Please consider making a donation and helping us help dogs.  Thank you for helping us continue to help some amazing dogs. 

Giving Tuesday

While we are so grateful to our community of supporters for helping us do the important work we do – in terms of our expenses versus our donations this was a hard year for us.  We had to make decisions based on taking in dogs based on whether we could afford their medical care – we never want to leave a dog in need. Last year our average cost per dog was over $1000 per dog – this year we expect it to be even higher – your donation will help us do so much good work.  Click here to donate or view or Giving Tuesday campaign.

#GivingTuesday falls on November 30th, four days after Black Friday and the day after Cyber Monday. We ask that if at all possible, you try to spend just a tiny bit less on those days, so that you can give a tiny bit to us. If we can get enough people to give us a small amount, we can head into the new year with renewed finances, and strength.  Our volunteers give so much, but time, love and energy are not enough.


Why do we give?  We give because of dogs like Magdalina who lived for years without medical treatment before coming to Peppertree Rescue.






Why do we give?  We give because of dogs like Maddy who never found a forever home, but was given every chance to find that home, and left this world loved.




Why do we give?  We give because of Nika, a dog who took years to find her home, and once she did filled that home with the love it was missing.






Why do we give?  We give because of Cocoa Bean, Penny and Mollie.  Penny was adopted out by us and when her owner became ill, we not only took this feisty 16 year old dog, but also her two senior “sisters.”  Because family is important, and those who adopt are also family.





We also know that a lot of people are struggling too, so if you’re not in the position to donate, you can also help by sharing our campaign with others you think might want to help.

Somehow we always find a way to make it through for our dogs, and we know it is because of the support of all of you.  Peppertree Rescue has been a part of this community for over 20 years and has helped save so many dogs, but, without financial support our mission cannot be met.

Please continue that support, please help us help Peppertree dogs.

Thank you!

Save the Date! Spaghetti Dinner & Auction

That’s right, we’re back!

The Peppertree Fundraising Committee will be holding our annual Spaghetti Dinner on November 20th. Since we are doing our event curbside again, we will be holding our auction virtual style again this year, in early November. Stay tuned for details, as they unfold, on our event pages.

For the Online Auction event page, click here.

For the Spaghetti Dinner event page, click here.


Our Virtual Furry Fun Run ended Saturday night and we are humbled – THANK YOU!
Together we walked 1,201 miles and raised $7427.95! After expenses that is over $7000 for Peppertree Rescue!
The support of our adopters, our fosters, our volunteers and our community means so much to us.
Congratulations to our winners!
Colleen J. for putting in the most miles – 95 miles! Followed by Amy G. and Illsa L.
Elisa S. put in the most miles that first week, and Danielle R. built the biggest team in the first week!
Our top three fundraisers are Alissa M. ($1,405), Danielle R. ($1,404) and Heather R. ($403).
Great work everyone – and again, thank you to all our supporters – without you we could not do what we love!
2021 has been a challenging year for many, and for Peppertree, this has meant fundraising difficulties due to COVID-19, as well as an increase in medical bills. This event is important to us – not only do we need the financial support, we also miss the connection and the community spirit. Our Virtual Furry Fun Run/Walk’s goal is to bring them all together. Registration and fundraising is open now! Starting September 18th, you will have two weeks to achieve your fitness goals, and from registration forward to start building towards your fundraising goal. Aim high!


Since we cannot all be together in person we wanted a way for us all to stand out and support the cause, so if you want to participate in style please consider buying our Virtual Furry Fun Run shirt – available as a classic t-shirt, a long-sleeve shirt or hooded sweatshirt!



Our average cost per dog in 2020 was over $1000 and our adoption fee is just $250, which means we need to raise $750 per dog to see them in their new homes. We expect our average cost to be even higher this year. Our goal for our Virtual Furry Fun Run/Walk is to get at least 100 people to raise $150 for Peppertree, bringing in $15,000 for our program. That is about two months of operating expenses – but can we do more? Oh, we really hope we can – it would be a much needed and appreciated surprise.


Please register! Not only will you be helping Peppertree and have a fun way to work toward your fitness goals, you will also be joining our virtual community. We plan to have small contests to keep us all entertained and motivated, and we will be offering prizes not only for fitness, but for fundraising. There will be pictures, there will be cheering, there will be dogs in costumes! While we wish we could be doing this in person, we are going to do all we can to bring the spirit of our Furry Fun Run/Walk online and keep our community going.


  • Top Three Fundraisers – $50 Amazon e-Card
  • Team Captain who creates the biggest team in the first two weeks of registration – $25 Amazon e-Card
  • Top Three Fitness Individuals – $30 Amazon e-card
  • Most kilometers walked in the first week – $25 Amazon e-card


All winners will be determined through the Charity Footprints Peppertree Rescue reserves the right to change the rules, and winners must provide an e-mail address to receive their e-card through Amazon.

Dogs on the Deck Fundraiser @ Warehouse Grill & BBQ on 8/5/21

Dogs on the Deck is back!

Please join Peppertree as we enjoy some delicious BBQ and dogs on the deck! Details can be found on our event page, here. Friendly and leashed dogs welcome.

Hope to see you there!

Hoffman Car Wash Fundraiser is Live!

Our Hoffman’s Helping Hands Campaign is live and running all year!


Learn More >

Snuffle Sale!

What is a snuffle mat?

It is a mat with little fleece fingers that a dog or cat has to snuffle through as they look for treats. Use kibble or higher value treats and put it down and watch the dogs use their nose and their brain and snuff, snuff, snuffle away. And yes, they work for cats too!

How to start snuffling…

  1. Check out our designs on our Facebook page @PeppertreeRescue.
  2. Send us an email and let us know which mat you’d like, or if you’d like a kit to make your own.
  3. Tell us your name, address and phone number.
  4. Someone will respond to coordinate payment and delivery!


Buy a snuffle mat to play right away! – $30 + shipping

Buy a pre-cut kit and make your own! – $25 + shipping


Our volunteers are making these as fast as they can, so what you see on our Facebook album is what we have. We are going to be posting new designs as are produced, so make sure to follow us on Facebook! 🙂


Shipping charges are calculated based on delivery address. If you’d like to avoid shipping, send us an email to find out when we will be selling merch at an event.

How to clean your snuffle mat…

Easy to wash, machine wash cold on delicate cycle. Tumble dry on low and remove promptly. OR hand wash with cold water and a mild detergent. Let air dry.


As with any toy, always monitor your pet’s interaction with the mat to ensure they are using it appropriately and not eating or ingesting the fleece or rubber mat. Remove the snuffle mat when the treats are gone and the mat is not in use, or if any part becomes loose, detached, or damaged.


Virtual Pampered Chef Party to Benefit Peppertree!

Let’s have a Party!

Join us at the link below anytime between now through Sunday, July 26th. If purchases total under $600, 10% of every purchase will go to the dogs of Peppertree Rescue and if purchases total over $600, Peppertree will receive 15%!


Hope to see you there!


THANK YOU! Over $1,500 raised for Candace and Peppertree – Love is the Only Gold T-Shirt Sale to benefit Peppertree Rescue!

Spring has sprung!  And with it Spring fashion.  Fashion like a new Peppertree Rescue shirt available in multiple colors and adult and youth sizes, featuring the smiling face of our namesake, Pepper. No better dog could help represent the sentiment that love is the only gold.  You can buy them here!  The blue, green and pink shirts are 100% pre-shrunk cotton, and the gray is a poly/cotton blend.


And these shirts will do more than keep you stylish, they are also going to benefit Peppertree Rescue, in particular, a little pup named Candace. Candace is not yet available for adoption so you do not know who she is, but, you are about to learn about her. You see, Candace is a six month old pup who was hit by a car, and sent to us from Darlington, SC. We had hoped to repair her leg, but on arrival found that the damage was too great and that an amputation would be kindest, and the best way to get her back up and running, as a puppy should!

Candace’s surgery is scheduled for April 27th and the purchase of a shirt will help us cover those expenses, as well as benefit the dogs of Peppertree Rescue. So please, buy a shirt, share the sale, spread the love, and know that Candace is another dog of gold.

Touchstone Crystal Online Jewelry Sparkly Event – THANK YOU!

Thank you to all who attended!  We raised $600 for Peppertree with your help!  Thank you to Denise Batko for hosting a lovely event!



Join us on Friday, April 10th, 2020 at 7pm for a Zoom Touchstone Crystal Swarovski live online Party hosted by Denise!

We know these are challenging times but thankfully we are all focused on staying well. Now more than ever it is important for us to keep a social distance but still be able to have some fun and connect, and it doesn’t hurt that it benefits a great cause like Peppertree!

Easter and Mother’s Day are approaching so why not do some shopping online and raise money for our furry friends. Some live events have been cancelled for Peppertree but we can still get together on line to do some shopping and raise some money for our awesome dogs.

Our host’s commission for all sales will go to the Peppertree. So grab a friend (online), a snack, a drink and have some fun with us on Friday, April 10th at 7 pm.

Please RSVP so we know you are attending. Party will be about 40 minutes. If you can’t join us then go ahead and take a look on line and order directly. All orders will be credited to the PepperTreem Rescue. These guys do a great job and they still need us during this tough time!

Adoption Events Cancelled for March

In light of our current situation Peppertree Rescue is postponing our adoption events for March.

However we do still have some wonderful dogs for adoption and would love to help you find your dog.  If there is a dog on our site that interests you the first step is to put in an application here and let us know you are interested in a certain dog on your application.

If you have an application in, please do not hesitate to call us at 518-435-7425 or e-mail us at when you see a dog you are interested in.

As always our dogs are placed not on a first come first serve basis, but based on who is the best fit for the dog, so while we do encourage you to be proactive it does take time to go through the process and we appreciate your patience as well.

Thank you and stay safe,

The Peppertree Board

13th Annual Furry Fun Run/Walk on April 18th! – a 5K for People and Dogs!

**We wanted to confirm right now that the Furry Fun Run is currently on hold – we are looking for an alternative date, and hoping we do not have to cancel but we do not have confirmed plans yet. We will keep everyone updated and appreciate their patience. When we confirm our plans, refunds will be available if you are not able to attend, or you will have the option to offer your fees as a donation. We apologize that we do not have more concrete plans at this time, but we’re working on it.**
Join us for the 13th Annual Furry Fun Run, a Run/Walk for people AND dogs!

This great fundraiser to benefit Peppertree Rescue will take place at the Warming Hut off the scenic Avenue of the Pines in Saratoga State Park on Saturday April 18th, 2020!

You can sign up here through RunSignUp!

The Furry Fun Run was the first 5k in the area to welcome dogs on a certified 5K course, and it is a do-not-miss event! If you are not up for running, we welcome walkers too! Day-of-registration is $35 so do not forget to register early.

The first 50 people to register received a free run t-shirt thanks to our sponsors Saratoga Honda and Good Choice Dog Training (all sold out – THANK YOU), and if you collect $100 or more in donations for Peppertree Rescue, then your registration fee can be refunded the day of the run.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three women, men and dogs to cross the finish line, as well as the top three fundraisers. This event will be chip timed by Green Leaf Racing.

Packet pick up and race day registration will run from 8:00 am to 8:45 am on race day at the Warming Hut; the race will start promptly at 9:15 am.

Proceeds of this event go to benefit the dogs of Peppertree Rescue.  Peppertree Rescue is a volunteer run organization dedicated to helping dogs of good temperament – we do not discriminate based on breed, age or health.

Thank you to our amazing sponsors and donors:

Earth Rated Quality Poop Bags

Good Choice Dog Training

Saratoga Honda




Pampered Chef Fundraiser – now through 2/8/20

Thank you for supporting Peppertree Rescue! Your orders earned us $550 to help more great dogs!

Furry Fun Run – April 13th!

Join us for the 12th Annual Furry Fun Run, a Run/Walk for people AND dogs!

This great fundraiser to benefit Peppertree Rescue will take place at the Warming Hut off the scenic Avenue of the Pines in Saratoga State Park.

Registration is open, you can sign up here!

The Furry Fun Run was the first 5k in the area to welcome dogs on a certified 5K course, and it is a do-not-miss event! If you are not up for running, we welcome walkers too! Early bird pricing is just $25 to register and is good through March 16th, then it is $30 to register.  Day-of-registration is $35 so do not forget to register early!

The first 50 people to register can opt to receive a free run t-shirt thanks to our sponsors, and if you collect $100 or more in donations for Peppertree Rescue, then your registration fee can be refunded the day of the run.

Prizes will be awarded to the first three women, men and dogs to cross the finish line, as well as the top three fundraisers. This event will be chip timed by Green Leaf Racing.

Packet pick up and race day registration will run from 8:00 am to 8:45 am on race day at the Warming Hut; the race will start promptly at 9:15 am.

Proceeds of this event go to benefit the dogs of Peppertree Rescue.  Peppertree Rescue is a volunteer run organization dedicated to helping dogs of good temperament – we do not discriminate based on breed, age or health.

Sign Up

Diamonds in the Ruff Fundraiser – Friday February 8th

Join us for Diamonds in the Ruff – an evening of great raffle and auction items to benefit the great dogs of Peppertree Rescue. Food is generously provided by the Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre and we will have music by Ceiliurdah. Pre-registration is now closed, thank you to those who registered ahead for a FREE door prize ticket! If you did not register it’s ok! Admission is at your discretion, by donation at the door and you can still purchase a door prize ticket.

We will have Silent Auctions, Raffles, and our Restaurant Gift Card Draw, all to benefit Peppertree Rescue. Sneak peek on items is below.


Diamonds in the Ruff Fundraiser. An evening to benefit the dogs of Peppertree Rescue…

  • Raffles, Silent Auctions, and Music provided by Ceiliúradh
  • Complimentary appetizers and a cash bar with proceeds to benefit Peppertree Rescue
  • Do your Valentine’s Day shopping while helping Peppertree Dogs!

Glennpeter Diamond Center
1544 Central Ave
Albany, New York 12205


Friday February 8th 5:30pm – 7:30pm


Available through Eventbrite by clicking here.  It is free to register, and admission is at your discretion, we simply ask a donation at the door of your choosing.


Gift cards from

Culinary Square Troy

Mexican Radio Schenectady

C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station

Smith’s of Cohoes

Auction Barn Restaurant Argyle

Darden & Fandango (Dinner & Movie)

Red Robin

Carrabba’s Italian Grill


Fun Themed Baskets!

Breakfast ​

Moscow Mule

Cats & Wine

Black & White Dog

Rescued is My Favorite Breed

Fiddler’s Elbow


Other fun items!

Psychedelicatessen Troy

Mug Club Membership (includes a 16oz stainless steel insulated travel mug and discount when you bring it in, $20 value)

* 2 chances to win!  They have donated 2 memberships/mugs to this event*


Peppertree Rescue

Registration for 2 with T-Shirts, to our 12th Annual Furry Fun Run

Save the date! 4/13/19


Historic St. Agnes Cemetery Menands

1 free paint class certificate


Noreen Powell Art

1 custom portrait of your pet by Noreen


Saratoga Clay Art Center “Kids & Clay”

1 admission card for 6 classes (valued at $190)


Super Kludde

1 painting by Kludde the dog

Click here to see Kludde’s painting playlist on youtube.


Plus, a fun NY Lotto Door Prize!

Spaghetti Dinner – Saturday November 17th!

It is time for our annual Spaghetti Dinner benefiting the dogs of Peppertree Rescue!

Our Annual Spaghetti Dinner!  Featuring delicious entrees with homemade meatballs using local grass-fed beef from Kinderhook Farms, sausage, pesto as a vegetarian option, and served with a salad, beverage and bread from Perreca’s for just $12, smaller children portions are available for $5!  There will also be delicious homemade desserts available for a small donation, and complimentary coffee and tea.Not only will there be amazing food, there will be raffles, silent auctions and a 50/50 raffle, as well as Peppertree Merchandise available!

Everyone is welcome to this event as long as they enjoy great food and great company to benefit great dogs.


Cohoes Senior Center
10 Cayuga Plaza
Cohoes, NY

Saturday, November 17th

Take-out is 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Sit down is 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Thank you to Kinderhook Farm for their wonderful discount on local meat, and Perreca’s for donating their bread!

Sponsor a Table!

If you would like to help us cover the expenses of our dinner, please consider becoming a sponsor!

Sponsorship Packages:

  • $50 – Table named in your dogs honor, with a picture displayed and their story
  • $75 – Table named in your dogs honor, with a picture displayed and their story, and dinner for two (take-out or sit-down)
  • $100 – Table named in your dogs honor, with a picture displayed and their story, and dinner for four (take-out or sit-down)
  • $10 you dog’s picture will be displayed on our “Peppertree Tree” the day of the event
If you are interested in hearing more, or would like to sponsor a table, or have your dog on our “Peppetree Tree” then please call Alissa at 518-598-6797 or e-mail her at Pictures can be e-mailed or mailed per your preference. Pictures will need to arrive by November 10th to be displayed.

Thank you for your consideration and support. Without events like this, and the support of our local community we would not be able to do the work we do.

Alumni Picnic – September 16th!

Join us for our 11th Annual Alumni Picnic at Cook Park Pavilion in Colonie, NY on Sunday, September 16th, from noon to 3pm.

Everyone is welcome, whether you are a Peppertree adopter, supporter, or just like good food and hanging out with your dog, this is not limited to our alumni.  Tickets are $10 ahead through Eventbrite, or $12 day of.  It is $5 for children and we will still offer the family package of $25 for two adults and two children.

We will be celebrating 20 years of Peppertree with hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers, Chef Joe’s Chicken, assorted picnic salads and birthday cupcakes for dessert!

We will have an obstacle course sponsored by Good Choice Dog Training, and Old Dogs New Tricks will be on hand to conduct an AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluation, your dog could leave with a title! E-mail Alissa at for more details.

Cook Park Pavilion is located off Shambrook Parkway in Colonie, NY.


Do I have to have a Peppertree Dog to attend?

No! The more the merrier, all friendly dogs (and people) are welcome to join us.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking at the venue.

What can I bring into the event?

You and your dog are welcome! We ask dogs not be on flexi-leads or retractable leashes, and while there is picnic seating you are welcome to bring a chair of your own.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

E-mail us at, call 518-435-7425 or visit our website at

What’s the refund policy?

If you buy ahead through Eventbrite they will issue a refund as long as it is more then 7 days prior to the event, unfortunately for food estimate purposes we cannot refund any closer to the event.

11th Annual Furry Fun Run – a 5K Run/Walk to benefit Peppertree!

Join us for the 11th Annual Furry Fun Run, a Run/Walk for people AND dogs on Saturday April 21st! This great fundraiser to benefit Peppertree Rescue will take place at the Warming Hut off the scenic Avenue of the Pines in Saratoga State Park.
The Furry Fun Run was the first 5k in the area to welcome dogs on a certified 5K course and it is a do not miss event! If you are not up for running we welcome walkers too! Day-of-registration is $35 so do not forget to register online.
Online registration will open at 6am on Saturday, February 3rd and the first 50 people to register can opt to receive a free run t-shirt thanks to our sponsors Good Choice Dog Training, Head to Tail Pet Wellness Center, and Saratoga Honda! And if you collect $100 or more in donations for Peppertree then your registration fee can be refunded the day of the run.
Prizes will be awarded to the first three women, men and dogs to cross the finish line, as well as the top three fundraisers.
Special thanks to Saratoga Honda for sponsoring our finish line and water table this year!
Packet pick up and race day registration run from 8 am to 8:45 am on race day at the Warming Hut, the race will start at 9:15am.
Proceeds of this event go to benefit the dogs of Peppertree Rescue and support the work we do.
Peppertree Rescue is a volunteer run organization dedicated to helping dogs of good temperament – we do not discriminate based on breed, age or health.

Diamonds in the Ruff – Friday February 2nd!

Join us for Diamonds in the Ruff on Friday, February 2nd from 5pm to 8pm for an evening of great raffle and auction items to benefit the great dogs of Peppertree Rescue. This is a fun night out and a great way to beat the winter blues.

While we are asking that people get a ticket ahead through Eventbrite, admission is at your discretion, simply give us a donation at the door. There will be a cash bar to benefit Peppertree Rescue as well as complementary appetizers generously provided by the Glennpeter Jewelers Diamond Centre.

Please remember to get your tickets through EventBrite here, as it is required to attend! Hope to see everyone there!

Waffles for Woofs – January 1st at The Shop in Troy!

In keeping with tradition, The Shop will be hosting a free breakfast on New Year’s Day, with a bit of a twist!

Announcing: Waffles for Woofs, a free waffle and pancake breakfast to benefit Peppertree Rescue!

Each year, when the calendars flip back to 1, The Shop welcomes their patrons into the restaurant for a few hours to say “thank you” for another awesome year! The Shop realized that this tradition could be used to aid organizations that need our help to carry out their vitally important missions, and this year will be hosting Waffles for Woofs!

So, here’s how it works; The Shop provides your choice of pancakes or waffles for an encouraged (but not required) donation, all of which will go directly to Peppertree Dog Rescue, an all-volunteer fostering rescue organization for dogs in need!

In addition to the donation based pancakes and waffles, they will also offer a cash bar of brunch cocktails and brunch sides available at a la carte menu prices.

Peppertree Rescue will also be hosting a “Meet The Woofs” adoption clinic right next door at Scarlet Seven Fine Art Gallery!

Peppertree Rescue and The Shop are so excited! Make good on your New Year’s Resolutions form Day 1 and join us for the fun, food, and PUPPIES!

Spaghetti Dinner is November 18th!

Join us for our world famous (okay, maybe it is just regionally famous?) Spaghetti Dinner on November 18th!

Adults are just $12, children $5, 5 years old and under eat free!

Meals include spaghetti with Chef Grimaldi’s homemade meatballs and sausage from Andy’s Imports, sauce from Perecca’s and a marinara or pesto option for our vegan and vegetarian friends, along with Italian bread from the very generous Perecca’s Bakery, salad, and a beverage.

Homemade desserts will be for sale if you are still hungry! Do not miss this great event.

And of course we will have our amazing raffles and silent auction items!

 Take out starts at 4:30pm, and sit down dinner starts at 5pm.  Bring your appetites!  We stop seating people at 7:30pm.


Cohoes Senior Citizen Center,

10 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes, NY

Alumni Picnic – September 17th!

Join us on Sunday, September 17th at the Main Pavilion in Cook Park for our Alumni Picnic!  From noon to 3pm we will be serving great food and celebrating Peppertree dogs!

You do not have to have a Peppertree dog or be a Peppertree adopter to attend, all are welcome!  While it is not required if you are coming please e-mail to RSVP so we can help estimate how much food to buy.

Good Choice Dog Training will be there with the chance for your dogs to try out agility, and Old Dogs New Tricks Dog Training will be conducting a Canine Good Citizen test with the entry fee benefiting Peppertree.  E-mail to sign up for the test or questions on what your dog will need to know.

Peppertree Dog serving as NYS Accelerant Detection Canine, congratulations Axe and Scott.

Peppertree Rescue is proud to share that Axe, formerly known as Rover, graduated from the NYS Academy of Fire Science’s Canine Accelerant Detection Course in Montour Falls, NY on May 12th, 2017 along with several other rescue dogs, including two from Saratoga County Animal Shelter and one from Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.  Axe’s partner will be Officer Scott Kuhlmey and they will stationed in the Buffalo area with the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Scott, Axe and Wendy at graduation!

When Peppertree received the call in February from the NYS Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services we were not sure what to expect.  Fire Investigator Michael Knowlton had seen him on our website and recognized him as the type of dog with the drive needed to do the job.  Failed placements, multiple fosters, extended time in boarding, a history of over-excitement, and even a bite record – Axe, then Rover, was not a typical family dog.  Axe wanted, and needed, a job.  And thankfully one found him, his toy obsession and go go go attitude made him the perfect candidate for their program.

Axe, then Rover, at Darlington County Humane Society

Axe did not have the easiest start to life.  Arriving heartworm positive at Darlington County Humane Society in South Carolina it seemed like his options were limited.  But the staff and volunteers at Darlington became his advocates, and they asked if they arranged for his heartworm treatment could he travel to NY to become a Peppertree dog?  His smiling face and sweet demeanor had us saying yes, but we had no idea the depths that lurked behind that smile!

Rover, attending foster dog class at Good Choice Dog Training in Albany, NY

From the moment of arrival Axe was admittedly a handful, his energy and intelligence translated to one dog that was easily bored and stressed, and when bored and stressed he did not always make the wisest choices.  From picking fights with resident dogs to chasing anything that moved, Axe made it very clear that if he was not given things to do he would find things to do – and they were not always things we approved of.  His foster family worked hard to keep him busy, and to try to tire him out but he seemed to have boundless energy.  Axe was also very stressed out at clinics, over stimulated and just plain overwhelmed at times.  Becky Hutchins, CPDT-KA at Good Choice Dog Training in Albany, NY welcomed him in her foster dog class and he thrived there.  He loved to learn and clearly had drive, and volunteers worked to give him opportunities to stay busy and work.  But while we continued to learn about Axe and offer him all we could, we still were not sure what type of home he was meant for.  His labby looks drew attention but nothing seemed right, until the NYS Department of Homeland Security came calling.

Axe was met and assessed by Fire Investigator Michael Knowlton who knew immediately Axe was exactly what they were looking for.  When the board of Peppertree asked what would happen if Axe did not pass his training, Fire Investigator Knowlton laughed and assured them he had no doubt he would pass.  Axe was perfect.

Axe training. Photos courtesy of Erie County Sheriff’s Office.


Axe was partnered with Scott Kuhlmey and began his training.  They got him used to boats, helicopters, large crowds and more as he learned to detect common liquid accelerants.  As the positive updates and reports came in we knew Fire Investigator Knowlton was right, Axe was perfect.

Axe with his new handler, Scott Kuhlmey. Photos courtesy of Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

We would like to thank Fire Investigator Michael Knowlton and Deputy Chief William McGovern, Jr. for recognizing Axe’s potential and working with us to find this happy ending.  We would also like to thank foster parents Wendy and Paul for going above and beyond with Axe, and working so hard with him, and Darlington County Humane Society in South Carolina for being his first advocates and taking him through his heartworm treatment.

We would also like to congratulate Officer Scott Kuhlmey and Axe on all they have achieved, we are happy to have played a small part in making this happen and look forward to hearing about of all your ongoing good work.


Thank you!!! 10th Annual Furry Fun Run was a HUGE success!

Thank you to all who came, ran, walked, donated, cheered or just spread the word on our 10th Annual Furry Fun Run! It was our most successful year to date bringing in over $8,000 profit! We truly could not do it without the support of our community, the adopters, local businesses, donors, volunteers, fosters and everyone who continues to come and give each year. Special thanks to Saratoga Honda, Capital Vets, Revive Wellness at Upstate Physician Services, Good Choice Dog Training, Old Dogs New Tricks Dog Training, Healthy Pet Center, Hannaford, Topricin, Earth Rated Poop Bags and Starbucks!

You can get the race results here – thank you Green Leaf Racing once again for all you do – you are truly the best and we could not do this without you.
Eric Morse and Murdock were the winners again with 20 minutes and 10 seconds, followed by Joseph Genter and Duncan (23:29), and then Virginia Larner and Luke (24:18)!
Connie Smith (24:25) and Tracey Delaney and Dax (25:02) were right behind, with Joseph Britz (25:02) who came all the way from Staten Island finishing up the top six.
Fastest dogs across the line were Murdock, Duncan and Luke, but special shout out to Peppertree honorary Alumni Elliot for being the fourth dog across!
We also saw some alumni running and while they did not place honorary mention to Simba who was the 30th dog to cross the line, looking amazing and clocking in at 39:24.  Simba was featured in our 2015 Holiday Appeal!
Another familiar face was Bella the Vizla – this was her 8th year running in the Fun Run, she is our longest running dog.
Fundraising was a tight competition – Peppertree volunteers Colleen and Alissa were going head to head into the late evening last night – Colleen pulled ahead though and raised $605 for Peppertree!  Alissa raised $590 in memory of Peppertree Alumni Yaddo, and Missy Gilbert raised $475!  Special mention to Kale and Dauray who raised $400 in memory of Peppertree Alumni Holli, another dog featured in our 2015 Holiday Appeal.
This year we had 199 sets of feet on the ground, clouds were hanging over us but the rain held off, for which we are grateful!
We would like to once again say thank you to everyone that helped!  It was an amazing year and we are so excited to have this event and have such amazing supporters.
Please enjoy the pictures below – more to follow!

Peppertree Rescue awarded 2017 APF Animal Advocacy Award

At the Tails by Twillight Gala on Friday, April 21st, 2017 Peppertree Rescue was honored to receive Animal Protective Foundations Animal Advocacy Award.

Peppertree Rescue would like to thank everyone at Animal Protective Foundation for the award, we are truly touched and honored to be a part of such a wonderful rescue community.  We would not be able to do the work we do without the support of so many other rescues and shelters, or without the support of our volunteers, adopters and donors.

Peppertree Rescue has been a rescue for 18 years now, 18 years of helping dogs, 18 years of serving our community, and we hope to continue to serve our community for many more years to come.

Thank you again to the Animal Protective Foundation, their staff, their volunteers, and their supporters.  It was a lovely night and we appreciate all you do, and your ongoing support.

Furry Fun Run – April 29th!

Get ready for our 10th Annual Furry Fun Run – a 5k Walk/Run to benefit Peppertree Rescue!

Registration kicks off at 8am, with the race starting promptly at 9:15am – we will have a warm up by Foundry Fitness and as always, prizes for the top three females, males, and dogs – as well as the top three fundraisers!

You can find out more information here or sign up to run/walk here!  If you are not in the area or available on the 29th we are even offering a Virtual 5K option so you can join us from afar – you just let us know your time, and we will send you your medal!

For those who would rather just donate, do not worry we have something for you too!

Special thanks to our wonderful sponsors!

Adult Easter Egg Hunt being held to benefit Peppertree Rescue and Out of the Pits!

We are excited to announce that the friends and family of Dutch Rogers, a much loved and missed dog, are hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and After Party to benefit Peppertree Rescue and Out of the Pits!

You can get more information here or check out their Facebook event page here!


Spaghetti Dinner – November 19th!

Join us at the Cohoes Senior Center for our 10th Annual Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Peppertree Rescue!  This is a do not miss event on Saturday, November 19th.

Take out starts at 4:30pm, sit down dinner starts at 5pm and we will be seating the last people at 7:30pm.

Adults are just $12, children $5, 5 years old and under eat free!

Meals include spaghetti with homemade meatballs and sausage, with a marinara or pesto option for our vegan or vegetarian friends, along with Italian bread, salad, and a beverage.

Homemade desserts will be for sale if you are still hungry! Do not miss this great event.

The Cohoes Senior Center is located at 10 Cayuga Plaza, Cohoes, NY

Download our flyer here to help spread the word!


Alumni Picnic – October 9th!

Join our annual gathering of Peppertree friends, family, volunteers, and dogs, lots of dogs! On Sunday October 9th from Noon to 3pm we will be at the Main Pavilion at Cook Park in Colonie, NY.  Click here for directions!

You do not need to have a Peppertree dog to attend, everyone is welcome to this event as long as they enjoy the company of people and dogs. Please e-mail us at to RSVP and help us plan for this great event!

There will be burgers, hot dogs, Chef Grimaldi’s Famous grilled chicken and homemade veggie burgers too! Just $10 a person, and all to benefit Peppertree Rescue!

2015 Holiday Appeal!

Please consider clicking here and making a donation to help us bring more smiles to more dogs in 2016! 


We can tell their stories, but for some of our dogs their smiling faces say it so much better. As we say farewell to 2015 please join us in celebrating just a few of our success stories through these before-and-after photographs in the video, and please consider making a donation so we can celebrate even more in 2016!

Mesa, now Zoey, was found as an area stray underweight, missing hair and struggling to walk. Struggle is clearly no longer a part of this vibrant dog’s vocabulary.

Severe allergies left Simba debilitated with skin infections and missing fur. Today he is as handsome as he is sweet.

A broken elbow, requiring orthopedic surgery and long-term rehab, left Khloe the lab puppy without a home. Thanks to her foster home she is playing again after months of recovery.

needed double cherry eye surgery and many teeth removed when his owner’s health issues left him in a shelter. He had surgery and was loved in his foster home until a spinal tumor was too much for him to conquer.

, renamed Marilla, was found as a scared stray with skin and eye infections. Now she is a spoiled, smiling Therapy Dog.

Emaciated Bayou arrived with a cancerous growth and serious anxiety. His foster helped him heal inside and out and found him a perfect home.

Carson was hit by a car in NYC, unable to walk. Facing euthanasia he needed a rescue to give him a chance. His fosters helped us do that and more – they adopted him and gave him a family.

Felix, now Chunk, was left in a shelter because of landlord issues, but we soon discovered he needed bladder stone surgery too. Today Chunk is stone free and will never be without a home again.
We found out about Holli through another rescue group, one that could not afford her orthopedic surgery. Once we saw her face, we had to learn more about her, and when we heard about her sweet temperament and loving heart, we knew she was a Peppertree Dog. It cost Peppertree Rescue over $6,000 to help Holli find a home, and while we had assistance from a generous grant from Lab Med, Holli was our most costly rescue in 2015 – and completely worth it. Her new canine sister agrees.

China Rose
pulled on our heartstrings from the moment we met her at a local shelter. She was shutting down in the kennels where she was surrendered after having had a litter of pups – we can only assume it was not her first. She was missing fur, had a serious upper respiratory infection, and was in desperate need of some TLC. She was very stressed and took time to relax, but never lost her wonderful personality. Clearly she is not stressed anymore, and loves her new brother Mike.
One year – Severide, aka Sevvy, took one year to find his home, but all that he did in that year astounded us. Sevvy is not a typical dog: he is deaf, and has neurological issues, but he did not let anything hold him back. He overcame his anxiety, he earned his Canine Good Citizen certificate, and he wiggled his happy way into our hearts. Sevvy’s fosters stuck by him and it was a privilege to watch them help him go from huddling in the corner of a living room and flinching when touched, to playing and engaging with people and other dogs. Because of them he found his forever home.

Please visit our YouCaring Page to make a donation to this campaign!